Turf-Toe is a high-energy injury of the big toe joint when ligaments, tendons and soft tissues in the joint stretch or tear. This is a common injury among rugby players, football players, and athletes who sprint or jump. Sometimes a turf toe injury can be accompanied by a fracture or broken bone in the forefoot.
Symptoms (can vary)
- Bruising / swelling of the great toe joint
- Pain with motion of the great toe.
- Inability to tolerate running or standing on one’s ‘tip-toes’.
- Pain with direct pressure to the ball of the foot.
- Often times symptoms can be controlled with rigid shoe wear modification, strapping, and padding. However, when these fail to provide lasting relief surgery can be indicated.
- The primary goal of turf-toe surgery is to repair any torn ligaments / tendons and often times address any broken bones in the forefoot.
- The best procedure for one person is not necessarily the best for another. There are many variables we will consider when selecting the right management for you.
Together we can explore your treatment options.
Turf-toe will generally require medical / surgical intervention.
Contact us if you have any concerns relating to great toe joint injury.